Chart-topping stars Rita Ora, Mark Ronson and Jess Glynne face competition from grime acts Krept And Konan and JME in the Mobo awards, which will be held in Leeds next month.
Ora, currently serving as a judge on the X Factor, was among the acts receiving nominations for the prestigious gongs yesterday. She was nominated for Best Video for Body On Me, her collaboration with Chris Brown.
Ronson, who has enjoyed global success with Uptown Funk, his collaboration with Bruno Mars, is up for prizes in two categories - Best Male and Best Song.
This year’s Mobo (Music Of Black Origin) Awards are dominated by London’s grime and hip hop acts, with duo Krept And Konan and JME receiving four nominations each. Also on the nominees list are Ella Eyre and Little Simz, pictured.
The 2015 Mobo Awards, now in its 20th year, will take place at the First Direct Arena on November 4, and will be broadcast live on ITV2.
Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said, “Leeds is extremely proud to host the 2015 MOBO Awards - such a prestigious event that really endorses the city’s cultural ambitions and strengthens our bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.”
Andrew Cooper, chief executive of Leeds Business Improvement District (BID), added: “Leeds Business Improvement District is demonstrating its ambition to work collaboratively to attract new events which showcase the city’s venue, hospitality and retail offer while underpinning its diversity.”
Former X-tra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford, who will host the ceremony and announced the nominations yesterday, said: “This is one of the strongest nominees lists I’ve seen. That is testament to the artists themselves because you can’t put a strong nominees list together if the music’s not there, and this year the music has been there.”
Ella Eyre, who aims to follow in Jessie J’s footsteps in the Best Female category, said: “It’s quite surreal to be nominated again this year. The category is just so strong, and I’m glad to be a part of that. “The first time I went to the Mobo Awards was when I was playing with Rudimental and no-one knew who I was, so to be nominated for a second time around three years later is amazing. I’m flattered.”